Drilling Systems, a branch 3t Energy Group, has delivered a well control training lab to Western Texas College (WTC) in Snyder, Texas, installed with simulators. The new lab will provide well control training for petroleum technology students, petroleum industry clients and well-servicing employees in drilling, workover, intervention and operational procedures.
Following the award of a grant to WTC, Drilling Systems installed simulation technology in well control education at the college’s Opportunity Center, allowing students to utilize the interactive virtual environment onsite during in-person classes taught by IADC-certified instructors.
“We are delighted to be working closely with Western Texas College on its new state-of-the-art simulator training facility. In high-risk sectors like oil and gas, the consequences of human error or equipment malfunction can be catastrophic, and simulators help prepare workers for the field like nothing else,” said Euan Kennedy, Director of Americas at Drilling Systems. “Our simulators allow students to experience the movement, sounds and operations of a real rig so that they can practice everyday operations and specific emergency scenarios in a risk-free environment. This means that when working in the field, they feel prepared and confident with whatever task they face.”
Students who take the course will be able to demonstrate drilling and well control principles in real time and improve their overall competence in safe rig operations. Upon successful completion, the students will obtain an IADC WellSharp certificate requiring 40 hours of training to achieve.
“We’re excited to be able to offer in-demand well control training in Snyder that enhances the education of our petroleum technology students and provides continuing education opportunities for our oil and gas industry employees,” said Barb Beebe, President of WTC.